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  1. I removed audacious from the installation list. This package requires packages which are broken. I cannot change anything on the Debian servers. It now works fine.

  2. The G5 users have to still be a little bit patient. Yesterday I tried an installation on my iMac G5 and it did not succeed. I think I solved the problem now but, just to be sure, I am doing one last installation myself to see if it is fixed indeed. I will keep you updated.

    1. I’m not a software engineer, but do have a G5 computer available for test installs. Please e-mail me if I can help out.

  3. MintPPC64 does not install at the moment. This is not my fault, protobuff package got updated and is not yet visible in the Debian-ports server repo. I am installing MintPPC64 partly manually and I will make a live USB image, like I did for MintPPC32.

  4. I have tried and sadly failed to install on a PowerBook G4 (15″, A1138) using all three options on the CD installer (default, automatic, expert). Everything seems to work fine until the very last step, and I am presented with a black screen (sometimes with a cursor line top left). Guidance would be very much appreciated.

  5. What happens if you boot with kernel command
    nomodeset

    I know that with older versions of Linux, you might have no problems with this card.
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/suggestions-for-linux-on-which-ppc.2225889/post-28267947

    You might want to try wicknix’s Lubuntu remix.
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/lubuntu-16-04-remix-updated.2204742/

    You can even turn Lubuntu into Mintbuntu:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/debian-sid-installation-guide-powerpc.2146795/post-27781871

  6. Thanks so much for all your suggestions – I shall attempt them later. In the meantime I have managed to log in as root with a command line (by not installing any desktops) and have tried to follow the ‘Manual installation’ instructions. ‘gpg’ comes back with “command not found” so I don’t know how to proceed further….

    1. I have tried USB installations in the past but they have been fraught with difficulty and I have only occasionally succeeded – CD installation is far preferable and more straightforward.

    1. gpg : command not found
      apt install gnupg
      apt install mint-artwork etc ….unable to locate package: libgtk2-perl : Depends on perlapi-5.28.1 but it is not installable. E: unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages
      tasksel (LXDE) (not laptop)
      …seems to have installed successfully #reboot
      …Debian GRUB… briefly shows debian command line login prompt, black screen (small white cursor top left of screen)

    1. Should I install these from the command line with “apt install…” or is there an option somewhere to select?

  7. unable to locate package: libgtk2-perl : Depends on perlapi-5.28.1 but it is not installable. E: unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages……
    Do not install mintinstall

  8. You have to install those packages from the command line if you have no graphical interface.
    sudo apt install firmware-amd-graphics firmware-linux-nonfree
    then reboot and try to get into X

  9. I never asked you to install from USB. Just boot from the stick and see if you end up in a graphical desktop.

  10. Oh my giddy giddy aunt – I have a Debian10 desktop!!! Thank you so so much – I can’t tell you how many weeks it’s taken me to get this far (admittedly I knew zero about Linux before, it’s been a very steep learning curve…)!!!! (My next challenges: Mint desktop, connecting to wifi, and downloading applications….tomorrow’s dawn awaits! [hope you won’t mind me coming back if I get stuck….]). Thanks again!!!

    1. Here’s an update….I have had to follow your instructions and reinstall the whole system a couple of times because, at various points, I managed to lose the desktop and could only boot to the command prompt! I have some current questions, and then have listed my installation notes (which include your essential tips!)..CURRENT QUESTIONS
      * why does sound work in lxmusic but not rhythmbox? Can sound be fixed for rhythmbox?
      * can anything be done about the ‘unmet dependencies/broken packages’ for applications that cannot be installed? (e.g. “libavcodec58” is often mentioned)
      * can you recommend a battery meter?
      * why does “sudo” not work (am OK with workaround: # su – )?

      INSTALLATION NOTES
      connect ethernet cable boot from CD…
      * many steps including:

      * ‘yes’ to non-free additional software (‘Select and install software’ then takes much longer)
      * Software selection: standard system utilities (de-selected: Debian desktop environment, Xfce)
      * No: force GRUB installation to the EFI removable media file

      log in as user created during installation (‘allow root login, create user’)
      $ su – [to log in as root : don’t know why “sudo” does not work]
      $ apt install gnupg
      $ apt edit-sources
      Add the following line (as the first line):deb http://u58733p55594.web0093.zxcs-klant.nl/repo unstable main
      Then we update the repo:
      # [sudo] apt update [message after modifying the file : “please run apt-get update”]You will see that we will need my public gpg key:gpg –keyserver pgp.surfnet.nl –recv-keys D7A223ABAA7CE436 [? struggles to connect…took quite a while]gpg -a –export D7A223ABAA7CE436 | sudo apt-key add – [OK][sudo] apt update
      # [sudo] apt install mint-artwork mint-artwork-lxde \> mint-common mint-lxde-default-settings mint-x-icons \> mint-y-icons mint-themes \ mint-backgrounds-tina mintsystem \> arcticfox spidermail[E: unable to locate package mint-backgrounds-tina ]
      # apt install firmware-amd-graphics firmware-linux-nonfree
      # reboot
      # tasksel: LXDE (not laptop) [this takes quite a while]
      # reboot[success!! (Debian10 desktop)][F11 for right click][WiFi]
      # su – [log in as root]
      # apt-get install firmware-b43-installer[disconnect ethernet]
      # reboot[click on network icon in toolbar to select wireless network & enter password]
      Synaptic Package Manager
      * installed

      * abiword (word processor)
      * arcticfox (browser)
      * calcurse (run from CLI)
      * gnome-maps (‘Maps’ next to Leafpad)
      * gnumeric [and associated packages] (spreadsheet)
      * lyx
      * rhythmbox

      * no sound output (had sound last time…?)
      * lxmusic produces sound, why does rhythmbox not?
      * imported podcast series (IoT
      * stacer

      LX Terminal (CLI)
      * install

      * xpad (sticky note in toolbar) – would not install with Package Manager

      Broken packages error (Synaptic Package Manager)
      * audacity (installed last time via CLI); broken packages error in CLI (libavformat58 & libchromaprint1 depend on libavcodec58) – “fix broken packages first”
      * cbatticon; “fix broken packages first”
      * handbrake (installed last time via CLI); broken packages error in CLI (Depends: libavcodec58, libavfilter7, Recommends: gstreamer1.0-libav but it is not ; installable; ibavformat58 & libchromaprint1 depend on libavcodec58); “fix broken packages first”
      * gimp – unmet dependencies, broken packages; “fix broken packages first”
      * ibam (battery management); fix broken packages first
      * kazam – CLI, unmet dependencies: gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly depends libx264-155 but it is not installable; “fix broken packages first”
      * korganizer ; “fix broken packages first”

      N.B. https://packages.debian.org/buster/libavcodec58 does not include ppc as an available platform (ppc64 is there)
      Preferences; Customise look and feel: Adwaita-dark….{customised colour scheme]
      Number of Desktops (4): Settings, Openbox Configuration Manager (Ctrl Alt Arrow to switch between)
      Ethernet Network: device not managed (worked last time)
      * how to connect? (ethernet was live for the installation….)
      * https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch05.en.html#_gui_network_configuration_tools
      * https://www.blackmoreops.com/2013/11/25/how-to-fix-wired-network-interface-device-not-managed-error/
      * https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-install-missing-ifconfig-command-on-debian-linux
      * In essence: # systemctl enable NetworkManager

      Right click not working as two finger click
      * The right hand 20% of the touchpad is not sensitive: is that the right click area?
      * Settings – Keyboard and Mouse – Sensitivity: low
      * https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-laptop-and-netbook-25/enable-right-click-on-powerbook-g4-trackpad-649010/
      * mouseemu is already installed – F11 for right-click
      * F11

  11. Greetings. I just tried to use the installer again on my G4 Mac mini and it stopped at…

    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming. The following information may help to resolve the situation: The following packages have unmet dependencies: libguvcview-2.0-2 : Depends: libavcodec58 (>= 7:4.2)

    Any thoughts?

      1. I am facing this same problem on a G4 Mac Mini. Xorg crashes, but I can get to runlevel 3 (network, no GUI) via GRUB. It seems to complain about the lack of GPU acceleration due to missing drivers. What should I do next?

          1. I’ve installed proprietary AMD video drivers, and I was able to boot into a graphical environment. However, a lot of things are still broken (web browser, file manager) so I think I’ll still reinstall as per Thomas’ guide. Here is an image of the DE: https://ibb.co/NC0jsMS
            The Mint themes were not default, so I selected them manually. Still looks more like vanilla LXDE compared to the screenshots provided on this website.

        1. I have MintPPC installed on my G4 Mac mini. The MintPPC32 installer is broken when it tries to install the package audacious which depends on the broken package, libavcodec58.

          Instead, I installed the packages manually over an updated Debian 10 LXDE installation, except for mintinstall which is also broken. I had to install the non-free ATI firmware with ‘sudo apt install firmware-linux-nonfree’ first. Jeroen can point you to the page where the instructions for manual installation are available.

          1. I’ve followed the manual installation, but I’m stuck on getting a GUI to pop up. Shouldn’t I have to edit ~/.xinitrc? Both xinit and startx failed to run, giving me the error: Server terminated with error (1). How did you get it to work?
            Thanks,
            Strategia

        2. I’m seeing that you installed the lxde desktop environment. I just installed lxde. That way I could install arcticfox as my browser. It works great, much better than firefox.

          1. If you installed lxde first (not the full desktop) you should be able to log into a GUI. Then install all the mintppc packages (except mintinstall which is broken.) Read the end of the manual instructions again. You will need to add another username (add it to sudo) and then select MintPPC in the top bar when you log in. That should take you to the MintPPC desktop. Then, you can delete the old username.

  12. I just tried to install MintPPC32 over a Debian 10 LXDE installation. When it came to installing your keyserver with… sudo gpg –keyserver pgp.surfnet.nl –recv-keys D7A223ABAA7CE436 …it reported that it was not available. What am I doing wrong?

  13. Probably typing error, I just tried it and it imported my key.

    mintppc@debian:~$ gpg –keyserver pgp.surfnet.nl –recv-keys D7A223ABAA7CE436
    gpg: /home/mintppc/.gnupg/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created
    gpg: key D7A223ABAA7CE436: public key “Jeroen Diederen (MintPPC) ” imported
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg: imported: 1

  14. Can anything be done about the ‘unmet dependencies/broken packages’ for applications that cannot be installed? (e.g. “libavcodec58” is often mentioned)

  15. Greetings. I am trying to install MintPPC32 manually. Everything is OK until I try to install mintinstall whereupon I get a message that libgtk2-perl depends on perlapi-5.28.1 but it is not installable. Is this what is breaking the automated installer? Is there a workaround?

  16. You should not install mintinstall: it cannot be installed as libgtk2-perl is unavailable. You don’t need mintinstall (Software Manager).

  17. I followed your advice and didn’t install mintinstall. Everything installed without a hitch. When I went to reboot, though, after selecting Mint-LXDE I was presented with a black screen and no background images to select from. How can I access the images that were installed with mint-backgrounds-tina?

  18. I reread your instructions for manually installing MintPPC. You said to create a new user account and delete the old one. I did that and everything is fine. Sorry about the dumb question.

  19. Greetings, Jeroen, just wanted to let you know that I finally got the installer to work, sort of. As usual, it hung at the point where it tried to install libguvcview-2.0-2 which depends on libavcodec58, but I dropped back to the main menu, installed GRUB, and finished the installation. On reboot, I switched to recovery mode, logged in as root, and installed the ATI firmware for my Radeon card. When I rebooted, I could go directly to the Mint GUI, logged in with my username, did a ‘sudo apt update’, and installed arcticfox which seemed to be the only major app that hadn’t been initially installed. Everything now works fine.

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